Growing vegetables, fruit and herbs is a great addition to anyone’s garden, to provide fresh produce for the house or visitors, as well as interest and seasonal change. This workshop will show you how this has been achieved at Langham Walled Garden, integrating food growing with flowers that are beneficial to wildlife, and how these two things can support each other.
To understand how your site, soil and aspect affect what you can grow in your garden.
To be familiar with a range of vegetables, fruit and herbs that you can grow.
To understand how crop rotation, composting and companion planting can help keep your crops healthy.
Your tutors are Catherine Supple and Alison Findlay. Catherine has a background in conservation horticulture and her career has focussed on propagating endangered endemics and native species, and restoring degraded habitats worldwide. She trained with Kew and the Millennium Seed Bank. Now working at Langham to encourage the local community to grow their own veg, conserve heritage varieties, think green and look after the wildlife on their doorsteps. Alison trained in horticulture at Writtle College after working for a year on small organic farms in Europe. She went on to work in plant nurseries and as an assistant gardener on a private estate. Alison currents works for the RHS as a Community Outreach Advisor supporting schools and community groups with growing projects alongside volunteering in the walled gardens at Langham Hall.
The day will include a Walk Talk around the garden and an opportunity to plan your own kitchen garden. You will also look at selling and preserving produce.
The cost of this workshop is £50 per member, £60 per non-member which includes refreshments. Please bring a packed lunch, and weather appropriate clothing. You will need a Notepad and pen. Optional extras include – camera, photo of the area attendees wish to develop, dimensions and soil sample.